Trevor Linden's incredible career will be honoured by the Canucks at GM Place tonight, as his jersery will hang high above the ice on a night that will no doubt be filled with emotion.
The Medicine Hat-native has been the poster boy for the Canucks since they drafted him second overall in 1988.
From his humble beginnings as an 18-year old who lead the team in goals, to his inspirational leadership in their '94 Cup run, the fans and people of Vancouver have really taken him in as one of their own.
Tonight, one of the most popular Canucks ever gets his reward for his remarkable contributions to hockey and the province of BC.
It was unveiled today that Gate 16 at GM Place will now forever be honoured for number 16 Trevor Linden. The two-time Memorial Cup winner, Olympian, and Canuck captain's track record reads like an honors degree—two Memorial Cups, a world Junior title, a Western Conference title, and two world champion silver medals, to name a few.
But more than just a remarkable hockey player, Linden was beloved for his tireless efforts off the ice. He served as NHLPA president from 1998 until the lockout of '04-05. He has also been involved with the BC Children's Hospital, and Canuck Place—where he has given alot of his time to visit terminally ill children.
In 2003, he was given the order of British Columbia for his work in hockey—but also as a humanitarian.
When asked by the Globe and Mail awhile back what he wants to be remembered for Linden replied " A guy who tried to work hard and do what's right." I think it's safe to say he did that—and then some.
Tonight, the Canucks honour an ordinary man whose simple ways made him a larger-than-life figure in Vancouver and across BC. Linden is only the second Vancouver Canuck to have his jersey retired, along with the legendary Stan Smyl.